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Villas-Boas not concerned with goals tally

3 November 2013 18:40

Andre Villas-Boas played down suggestions that Tottenham are struggling in front of goal after Sunday's 0-0 draw at Everton.

Tottenham missed the chance to go second in the Premier League with a victory at Goodison Park despite controlling the first half.

Roberto Soldado missed an early header, while Sandro, Lewis Holtby and Kyle Walker all called Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard into action.

The White Hart Lane outfit have scored just nine goals in 10 Premier League games, but Villas-Boas pointed to their record in all competitions.

"It's not very dramatic," he insisted. "We are on 28 goals this season in 16 official games – the second highest total for the club.

"I can't be too worried about that. The chances are coming, it's just a question of sometimes you lose your way. We are the team that creates more opportunities, more shots."

Chances certainly did come the visitors' way before the break, but the Portuguese manager was content to take a point as Everton grew into the game after the interval.

"I think think in the end (it) was a fair result," he said. "The only moment Everton had a good go at us was in the last 25-30 minutes of the second half.

"We had very, very good game. We could have probably been a little bit more clinical in the first half. Had we gone ahead at that time the result could have been different.

"For all the emotion in the game – the chance for both teams to go second – we did extremely well."

Both sides saw appeals for a penalty waved away and Villas-Boas backed referee Kevin Friend's decisions.

First Jan Vertonghen appeared to have been clipped by Seamus Coleman and the two swapped roles in the second half, but play continued on both occasions.

"(They were) difficult decisions for the ref," Villas-Boas added. "I think Jan gets under Coleman's body, so at minimum contact he goes down.

"I think the referee made a good decision. Having seen it, there is very minimum contact."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
3 November 2013
Game week
10
Kick-off
14:30
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 0
Venue
Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Attendance
38378

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# Player Bookings
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